I was rummaging in my boxes when I chanced upon a dusty old folder filled with illustrations made during my secondary school years.
I fondly remembered my Macbeth series; to me it was a terrible vengeance on my cohort’s literature teacher because my cohort studied Midsummer Night’s Dream, instead of Othello or Macbeth. I remembered being gleefully dismissive of my cohort’s literature teacher’s pleads to draw a series for Midsummer Night’s Dream.
The winner was my junior cohort’s literature teacher, a Ms Saleha. Sometimes when my juniors communicate with me in recent years, they would often talk about my Macbeth illustrations. I remembered one commenting that the principal was shocked that there was murder scenes being depicted in the illustrations.
Hello? Macbeth is bloody murder. Since when is regicide not bloody or not have dead people? For that matter, violence is constantly depicted on television, and I’m censored for drawing a regicide scene, a dead child and the death of Macbeth? While all illustrations were shown to my juniors in the literature cohort for their lessons, a selected number of those same illustrations were published in the school magazine (1997, I think) by the organising committee (some say, as a silent protest over censorship).
My only quibble (till today) is that none of the fashion styling, weapons, armours, interiors, and food were representative of the implied time period and locality. If I was to do this again, I will research it a little bit more before I actually start drawing.
For example, as the Macbeth implied time period (11th century) and locality (Inverness, Scotland), you would see the characters being armed with Viking-influenced weapons and donning early forms of mail hauberks and chausses.
Yes, I’m crazy like that.
After going through all the illustrations I had, scanning them in for archival sakes… I realised something… my illustrations are getting simpler. 😀
Comparing the series on Macbeth and my illustrations from IAL, it’s a sobering moment.
I mean, just look at it! They had proper tops and pants. Now? My illustrations are basically potatoes. Haha, nevermind.